Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists: A Primer

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The first edition of Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists has been the primary resource for teaching modern geometric methods of shape analysis to biologists who have a stronger background in biology than in multivariate statistics and matrix algebra. These geometric methods are appealing to biologists who approach the study of shape from a variety of perspectives, from clinical to evolutionary, because they incorporate the geometry of organisms throughout the data analysis. The second edition of this book ...

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Overview

The first edition of Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists has been the primary resource for teaching modern geometric methods of shape analysis to biologists who have a stronger background in biology than in multivariate statistics and matrix algebra. These geometric methods are appealing to biologists who approach the study of shape from a variety of perspectives, from clinical to evolutionary, because they incorporate the geometry of organisms throughout the data analysis. The second edition of this book retains the emphasis on accessible explanations, and the copious illustrations and examples of the first, updating the treatment of both theory and practice. The second edition represents the current state-of-the-art and adds new examples and summarizes recent literature, as well as provides an overview of new software and step-by-step guidance through details of carrying out the analyses.

  • Contains updated coverage of methods, especially for sampling complex curves and 3D forms and a new chapter on applications of geometric morphometrics to forensics
  • Offers a reorganization of chapters to streamline learning basic concepts
  • Presents detailed instructions for conducting analyses with freely available, easy to use software
  • Provides numerous illustrations, including graphical presentations of important theoretical concepts and demonstrations of alternative approaches to presenting results

Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists is an introductory textbook for a course on geometric morphometrics, written for graduate students and upper division undergraduates, covering both theory of shape analysis and methods of multivariate analysis. It is designed for students with minimal math background; taking them from the process of data collection through basic and more advanced statistical analyses. Many examples are given, beginning with simple although realistic case-studies, through examples of complex analyses requiring several different kinds of methods. The book also includes URL's for free software and step-by-step instructions for using the software. Accessible, student-tested introduction to sophisticated methods of biological shape analysis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123869036
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Edition description: 2nd
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 1,022,341
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists, 2e

Miriam Leah Zelditch, Donald L. Swiderski, and H. David Sheets

1. Introduction

Part I: Basics of Shape Data

2. Landmarks and Semilandmarks

3. Simple Size and Shape Variables: Shape Coordinates

4. Theory of Shape

5. The Thin-plate Spline

Part 2: Analyzing Shape Variables

6. Ordination Methods

7. Partial Least Squares

8. Statistics

9. General Linear Models

Part 3: Applications

10. Evolutionary Developmental Biology

11. Variational Properties

12. Ecological and Evolutionary Morphology

13. Systematics

14. Forensics

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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